By Editorial Staff
The Quran narrates the very moments of Jesus’ birth in the following words:
And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, “Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten.”
But he called her from below her, “Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream.
And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.
So eat and drink and be contented. And if you see from among humanity anyone, say, ‘Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to [any] man.'” (Maryam 19:23-26)
From the first verse we can conclude that Lady Mary suffered severe labor pains.
An Angel approached Mary and asked her not to be sad and that God made available to her a river from which she can drink. The angel asked her to shake the trunk of the palm tree so that she can eat fresh dates in a season not known for producing such dates and this is in itself a miracle.
The angel also asked Mary to be contented with what God has given her, i.e. her baby Jesus who is going to be a prophet in the future. By this, God has honored Mary and protected her reputation against the false accusation made by her people.
In the following verses, we read what means:
Then she brought him to her people, carrying him. They said, “O Mary, you have certainly done a thing unprecedented.
O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste.” (Maryam 19:27-28)
Her people accused her of lack of chastity. Being sure of her chastity, she pointed to her child to speak the truth.
Her people reacted saying:
So she pointed to him. They said, “How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?” (Mary 19:29)
Answering this, Jesus was give the miracle of speaking in the cradle. We read:
[Jesus] said, “Indeed, I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.
And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive.
And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant.
And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive. (Maryam 19:30)
Speaking in the cradle
Speaking in the cradle is one the major miracles of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him). In another verse, we read:
He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous. (Aal `Imran 3:46)
Note the very words of Jesus when he spoke in the cradle: “Indeed, I am the servant of Allah.” This means that he did not claim any divinity and did not ascribe to himself any trait other than being a servant of Allah.
“He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.” By these words, Jesus confirms that God taught him the Book and made him a prophet like all previous prophets.
Read the other things that God blessed Jesus with: He made him blessed wherever he is and ordered him to establish prayer and pay zakah. God also asked Jesus to be kind and dutiful to his mother and God never made him a wretched tyrant.
Acknowledging God’s favor on him, Jesus said: “And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive.”
And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers. (Aal `Imran 3:49)
This verse contains four miracles performed by Jesus:
1- Creating from the clay
2- Healing the blind and the leper
3- Resurrection of the dead
3- Provision of today and tomorrow
Sending Down the Table
In addition to these major miracles, Jesus asked God to send down the table in answer to his people’s request. We read in the Quran what means:
[And remember] when the disciples said, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, can your Lord send down to us a table [spread with food] from the heaven? [Jesus] said,” Fear Allah, if you should be believers.”
They said, “We wish to eat from it and let our hearts be reassured and know that you have been truthful to us and be among its witnesses.”
Said Jesus, the son of Mary, “O Allah, our Lord, send down to us a table [spread with food] from the heaven to be for us a festival for the first of us and the last of us and a sign from You. And provide for us, and You are the best of providers.”
Allah said, “Indeed, I will sent it down to you, but whoever disbelieves afterwards from among you – then indeed will I punish him with a punishment by which I have not punished anyone among the worlds.” (Al-Ma’idah 5:112-115)